Water Polo Canada announces enhanced partnership with the Institut national du sport du Québec

October 13, 2017

Water Polo Canada - Montreal, October 12, 2017 – Water Polo Canada (WPC) is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Institut national du sport du Québec (INS Québec) as its Men’s National Team Program will join the Women’s National Team Program in the fall of 2018. With the relocation of the men’s national team from Calgary to Montreal, the Repsol Centre will now be the home of a Development Centre focusing on the new generation of athletes.

“Water Polo Canada would like to acknowledge the great relationships that have been built in Calgary over the past twenty years namely the Alberta Water Polo Association, the Canadian Sports Institute of Calgary, the Repsol Sport Center (formerly the Talisman Center), the domestic clubs and all of the individuals who supported our program. Although our Men’s Senior National Team will be relocating to Montreal, we will focus on developing Calgary into a Development Center for our Next Generation of athletes.” mentioned Justin Oliveira, High Performance Director of Water Polo Canada.

INS Québec is already recognized as the official training centre of the women’s national team program and eight other resident sports and possess an incomparable expertise in aquatics. The Men’s National Team will benefit from the support of the medicine and scientific experts at the INS Québec and they will have the opportunity to access priority training at a world-class facility.

Water Polo Canada’s decision to move its National Training Centre to Montreal is in line with the conclusions of the 2014 Shakespear report where the strategy focused on a shared training environment to enhance the team cohesion and unity. National team staff will also be able to share knowledge and best practices in the hopes of reaching international success.

The INS Québec is the home of many sport scientists and an impressive high performance team that is already working with numerous elite athletes. The centralization of this expertise will optimize the preparation and the development of Water Polo Canada’s national team athletes. This new collaboration with the INS Québec will also allow Water Polo Canada to concentrate its resources to achieve key high performance milestones.

Martin Goulet, Executive Director of Water Polo Canada welcomes this new association with the INS Québec “Our women’s program has been here for years, the quality of the services and the facilities at l’INS Québec is outstanding. The athletes will have access to all the services they need under one roof which is important for their development. Montreal appears to be the logical decision for us because we want to develop not only athletes, but also individuals. The academic opportunities here in Montreal will address the needs of our athletes.”

“We welcome this new collaboration as a mark of trust between Water Polo Canada and the INS Québec that aspires to be an essential performance partner. Our Performance Services Team commits to deliver high-quality services to accompany the team toward the major games and to act as a real Catalyst of dream.” indicated Gaëtan Robitaille, Executive Director of the Institut national du sport du Québec. 

Water Polo Canada also used this opportunity to unveil its high performance strategy for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. The Federation internationale de natation (FINA) hasn’t yet confirmed the qualification process for the upcoming Olympic tournament however FINA announced last June that the women’s tournament will in go from eight to ten teams at the 2020 Olympics. In 2018, the WPC National Team programs will focus on two major competitions being the World League Super Final and the FINA World Cup.

“The assessment of 2017 is definitely positive, our national teams had different objectives and they managed to reach them. For 2018, our teams will prepare for the upcoming FINA tournaments, World League Super Final and World Cup” said Justin Oliveira, High Performance Director of Water Polo Canada.

About Water Polo Canada I www.waterpolo.ca

Water Polo Canada (WPC) is the National Sport Organization for Water Polo in Canada. Its purpose is to nationally lead the growth and the pursuit of excellence for the sport of water polo while respecting the following set of values: Accountability, Commitment, Equity, Innovation, Integrity and Teamwork. Water Polo Canada acknowledges the support of the Government of Canada and of other partners such as Own the Podium, the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Canadian Sport Institutes network and the Coaching Association of Canada.

About the Institut national du sport du Québec | www.insquebec.org

The Institut national du sport du Québec is a “Catalyst of dreams—one athlete at a time” and acts as a key performance partner for high-performance sports in Quebec and Canada. With its network of eight regional multi-sport training centres, 17 single-sport training centres and its Complex at Olympic Park which is home to nine high-performance training groups, INS Québec offers sports-medicine, sports science and personal development services to athletes on Canadian national teams training in Quebec, next-generation athletes, high-performance coaches and sports. A member of the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institute Network, INS Québec serves more than 500 high-performance athletes, 2,000 next-generation athletes and the nearly 900 coaches who train them.

INS Québec receives support from the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur, Sport Canada, Own the Podium, the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Canadian Olympic Foundation, the Canadian Paralympic Committee and the Coaching Association of Canada, in addition to private partners such as CISCO, Bell, Mondo, Teknion | Roy & Breton, Côté Fleury, Inaxsys, B2dix and Sports Experts

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Mylène Turcotte-Fitzgerald
Communication and Domestic Operations Coordinator, Water Polo Canada
Tel: 613-748-5682 ext. 325 I 819-639-6414

Evelyne Déry
Communications Coordinator, INS Québec
514-255-1000 poste 243 | 514-668-2968